Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 26/06/97

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Why I should give up drinking

Many people take up journalism because of the opportunities that it offers to drink lots of alcohol which other people pay for. This was never my primary motivation, but I have to admit that having access to free beer, wine and even the occasional spirit has been one of the nice perks of the job. Perversely, as my job has got busier and busier, this perk has been less accessible, since I'm just not up to going into work with (a) a bad hangover, (b) three hours sleep or (c) both of the above.

This point was dramatically bought home to me yesterday, when I was returning from another trip to Melbourne (soon to be dubbed Gusworld's official second home city, methinks). Accompanied by the infamous Ben Gerholt (pictured here at his favourite occupation) and other individuals whose dignity I'll preserve by respecting their anonymity, I began drinking at the end of a hard day's developers conference. I drank two beers and four glasses of red wine at the conference. I drank another beer at the airport waiting for my return flight. I drank another beer on the plane. I drank another three beers and a sambucca at the pub in Newtown where we stopped off on the way home. I eventually got home at 1:30am, sculled a litre of apple juice and went to bed.

The problem was this morning. A scant six hours sleep with a head full of alcohol left me feeling like John Howard's thought processes: muddled, confused, wooly, old, tired and not much use to anybody. I made it through a day's work, but I'm sure my autopilot kicked in early. I'll never be able to keep up that sort of behaviour and maintain Gusworld, so it looks like I need to make a choice, doesn't it? Well, at least until the next free beer comes along . . .

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